What to do in Takapuna these school holidays
Looking for some free, family fun to keep the kids entertained these school holidays?
Takapuna has you covered. There are so many things to do in Takapuna that are perfect for school holiday adventures - check out our handy list of ideas and places to go!
Takapuna Ice Rink
Get your skates on for icy fun at the Takapuna Ice Rink from Saturday 17 April - 2 May at 38 Hurstmere!
The fully covered, 10m by 25 m, 100% pure ice rink provides fun for all ages - Skate to the latest hits under the festoon and disco lights.
The Takapuna Ice Rink will provide excitement for the young and young at heart, guaranteeing cool fun for everyone!
Make your own Lollipops with the Old Lolly Shop
Have you ever wanted to see how candy is made the old fashioned way?
Head to the Old Lolly Shop and for $5 per person, you can learn the art of how confectionery is made completely by hand!
Their head confectioner will demonstrate how he creates handmade candy and then have a go at making your own swirl lollipop to take home.
Suitable for ages 2+, all our lollipops are gluten, soy, dairy and nut free.
Introduce the kids to theatre: Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories at The Pumphouse
Created for Ages: 3-10 | Show Run Time: 50 mins
A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories brings to life Margaret Mahy’s timeless tales in a magical show that celebrates the wonderment of children’s imagination. Weaving through Mahy’s much-loved stories A Lion in the Meadow, Leaf Magic and The Witch in the Cherry Tree, and her poems Magic and The Reluctant Hero, or Footprints in the Snow, we journey with a young boy on his spellbound adventures. Celebrating the places a youthful imagination can take us, the young boy’s mother misses the magic lost in the tasks of adulthood – a reminder to keep the fires of our imaginations burning.
Get outdoors and play on the Auckland's favourite beach! (FREE)
With beautiful white sand, large grass beachside reserves, changing facilities and a large playground – it’s a popular place all year round. Add to this its clear ocean waters, many activities and natural beauty – no wonder Takapuna Beach regularly features in New Zealand’s top 10 Instagram spots!
The breathtaking coastal beachside walk from Takapuna north to Milford - known as the 'lava' trail - can be walked at any tide (allow 45 minutes each way), winding its way over rocks, along beaches, and interesting pathways, overlooking the Hauraki Gulf and out to Rangitoto Island the entire way. The Takapuna-Milford walk is included in the Te Araroa Trail, a continuous 3,000 km walking track spanning Cape Reinga in the tip of the North Island and Bluff in the South Island. Setting off from Takapuna beach you will see at low tide, by the boat ramp, parts of a fossilised kauri forest, a very rare sight anywhere in the world. These fossils were formed by lava flowing from the nearby freshwater volcanic crater lake Lake Pupuke, and engulfing a kauri forest.
Relax at Monterey Lounge Cinema with a new movie!
Monterey Lounge Cinema have a great new refurbished look, and they bring a little style and luxe to the cinematic experience in Takapuna. Relax on a comfy couch seat, enjoy a meal or snack from their fantastic new menu and indulge with your favourite drink or a delicious icecream Sundae – all while enjoying a classic, or a new release movie!
Indulge your sweet tooth, at House of Chocolate Dessert Cafe & Cakery
House of Chocolate have got your late night sweet cravings sorted! (or midday cravings ... or anyday cravings!). The Team is serving up piping hot Belgium Hot Chocolate, coffee and steaming fresh Liege Waffles till 10pm daily.
View their Menu here. Come for visit, serving up both a Savoury Toast Menu and Dessert Menu. Along with Supreme Coffee, and fresh, hand-crafted boutique chocolates - create you own bespoke box from the flavours available in our chocolate cabinet. There are also a range of cakes and slices in store daily.
Re-discover the Takapuna Library (FREE)
Takapuna Library has a busy schedule of events for the school holidays, under the "Grossology" theme! From movie-days, to body-art, to crafts, games and activities - there's something for everyone!
Challenge your friends and family to a challenge with 20% off at Escape HQ!
Catch up with friends & family or treat the kids to an hour of immersive, brain challenging, puzzle solving, escape room fun from the 17th of April to the 2nd of May!!
Get stuck in on the farm in ‘Udder Graziness’ with puzzles that will have you scratching your head and laughing at the same time, or immerse yourself in a Mountain Blizzard with only 60 minutes to get off the mountain before it's too late!
With indoor, outdoor and online game options, plus a choice of difficulty levels, we have something for everyone! Use promo code APRILHOLS21 when booking online, or give us a call on 09 489 4999 to find out more!
Explore Shore City Shopping Centre
Come fish finding these school holidays at Shore City. There are 500 sea creatures decorated by children from Bayswater, Browns Bay, Campbells Bay, Long Bay, Mairangi Bay and Vauxhall Primary schools in the aquarium at the Como Street entrance.
The Hunt Is On - Some of the sea creatures are a little wily and like hiding, so Shore City needs your help to find them around the Centre. To join in the fun collect an activity sheet from Customer Services and find the 10 hidden sea creatures throughout Shore City. Once you have all the sea creature names, bring your sheet to Customer Services for a sweet treat. Available until Sunday 2 May.
With activities and entertainment for the kids, take the opportunity to visit and re-discover Shore City Shopping Centre! With its calm ambience, ample undercover parking (including 3hrs free parking!), elegant beach-side feel and select mix of fashion and lifestyle stores, Shore City is a specialty shopping experience.
Entertain everyone with Thrillzone's adventures and activities!
If you're looking for some action and adventures for your bunch over the school holidays, look no further than Thrillzone Takapuna. They have a range of Virtual Reality, Adventure games and simulators to keep everyone occupied!
Get Creative at Lake House Arts Centre!
The Lake House Arts Centre has a range of workshops and activities for those kids that want to get a little creative these school holidays!
From movie making, mosaics, steam bun art, working with Clay, to Robots - there's something for every child at Lake House Arts - check out their full schedule and more details on their website here.
The Warrior Within is also holding holiday workshops specifically for girls aged 7 - 12years, where they can enjoy getting creative, meeting others, whilst feeling free to be themselves. As with all their workshops, they incorporate activities and conversations around confidence, positive self talk and aim to make each child feel special, included and worthy, whilst having heaps of fun and meeting new friends.